Leica Q series cameras have quickly become some of the most beloved rangefinder-style digital cameras on the market due to their minimalist design, excellent performance and timeless elegance. So it should come as no surprise that Leica is already hard at work on its follow up. Rumors indicate that Leica may soon unveil Leica Q3, featuring classic looks while adding much-needed features.
According to reports about Leica Q3, its new camera may feature a 60MP sensor - an upgrade over the 47.3MP sensor found in its predecessor Q2. Leica's own M11 Monochrom features this technology; so it makes sense that they would bring this innovation over to more affordable Q series offerings as well.
Another key change will likely be the introduction of a tilting screen, as suggested in leaked image above. This radical departure from traditional rangefinder design would allow photographers to shoot at waist-level shots commonly employed by street photographers.
It is also speculated that the new Leica Q3 will introduce enhanced autofocus capabilities. One rumor mentions enhanced phase detection autofocus which should allow for easier focus tracking even under challenging lighting conditions, helping shoot low-light scenes without using flash photography.
Your new camera may even include an image stabilization system to reduce blurring and shaking when shooting video, especially.
Finally, the Leica Q3 should feature a larger battery that should enable longer shooting sessions than its predecessor, the Q2. In comparison, its current Q2 battery only lasts about 340 shots before needing recharging.
Rumors also indicate that this camera could come equipped with wireless charging capability, making it easier to link up with smartphones for remote control and photo transfer. Furthermore, faster processors should help smooth out video recording and processing for an enjoyable user experience.
All these changes should make the new Leica Q3 an attractive camera to both amateur and professional photographers alike. However, it should be remembered that Leica cameras are known for their premium pricing structure and this may remain unchanged. Expectations is for its launch next year although rumors have yet to confirm an exact release date. For more information, you can visit the official Leica website. Here you'll find plenty of photos and specs about their new camera as well as videos showing its use in action as well as interviews with industry professionals. Additionally, Leica offers an innovative Q3 pre-order option allowing people to reserve units before it goes on sale to the general public by filling out a form on their site.